The SmartAtlantic ocean observation system is an initiative of the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland's Centre for Applied Ocean Technology (CTec). SmartAtlantic, initially SmartBay, has been operational since 2006 making it one of the longest operating ocean observation systems in Canada.
Since inception it has evolved significantly from both an applications and technology perspective to the extent that its role is today solidified as a valuable service provider in support of safe and efficient Atlantic maritime operations. Buoy locations, near-real time data feeds and custom forecasts along with a host of static information layers are readily accessible via the SmartAtlantic web portal (www.SmartAtlantic.ca). Worthy of note, the SmartAtlantic buoys were the first in Canada to be equipped with Aids to Navigation Information Systems (ATONIS) allowing vessels equipped with Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology to receive real-time data from the buoys direct to their electronic charting systems.
Originally limited to the busy shipping zone of Placentia Bay, NL, SmartAtlantic today supports six permanent buoys around the island of Newfoundland as well as buoys off Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick through partnering agreements with the associated port authorities and the Atlantic Pilotage Authority.
Data from current and previous deployments are available for download through Oceans 2.0 Data Search
Setting: Coastal Newfoundland
Studies: sea state, meteorological conditions, shipping monitoring